- AFRICA: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis over two closed border crossings.
- ASIA: Emboldened by rare successful one-on-one talks with North Korea on ending a military crisis, South Korea hopes for fresh momentum in efforts to denuclearize the communist neighbor.
- EUROPE: Top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou, has been appointed Greece’s first female prime minister ahead of early elections next month.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups advanced on Friday towards a military airport that is the last remaining government-held facility in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said.
- TECHNOLOGY: With new “video matching technology,” Facebook will let content owners report video clips that belongs to them, and take it down if it’s not supposed to be there.
- Austria: Three people arrested in connection with 71 dead migrants.
- Three people have been arrested after dozens of bodies — most likely those of migrants fleeing war-ravaged Syria — were found inside an abandoned truck on an Austrian highway.
- The 71 victims comprised of 60 men, eight women and three children.
- The victims were probably already dead one to two days when the vehicle crossed into Austria from Hungary, authorities said.
- The grisly discovery of the bodies had already cast a shadow over a conference in the Austrian capital, intended to discuss solutions to the migration crisis.
- Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann condemned the people traffickers who routinely smuggle their charges into Europe hidden inside lorries.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Telegraph, WP, WSJ
- Region: A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. (Reuters)
- Niger: Suspected Nigerian Boko Haram militants raided the southern village of Abadam, killing three people including a soldier. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: The US has warned the country’s leaders not to violate the peace deal aimed at ending a brutal civil war in the world’s youngest state. (BBC)
- South Sudan: President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday. (AFP)
- Region: Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis over two closed border crossings. (Reuters)
- Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island on Thursday, killing at least four people. (AP)
- Guatemala: Thousands of protesters have continued to take to the streets of Guatemala’s capital to pressure President Otto Perez Molina to resign over his alleged involvement in a major corruption scandal. (Al-Jazeera)
- Venezuela: Hundreds of Colombians are fleeing across the country’s border, running from a crackdown on immigrants initiated by President Nicolás Maduro. (NYT)
- Region: At least 10 civilians were killed and more than 50 wounded Friday as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials said. (AFP)
- Region: South Korean and US troops staged their biggest-ever joint live-fire drill on Friday, including a simulated mechanized assault deep into North Korean territory. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: Emboldened by rare successful one-on-one talks with North Korea on ending a military crisis, South Korea hopes for fresh momentum in efforts to denuclearize the communist neighbor. (Yonhap)
- Malaysia: PM Najib Razak on Friday criticized organizers of a weekend protest demanding his ouster, saying the timing and venue would clash with Independence Day parade rehearsals. (AFP)
- Vietnam: The country decided to grant amnesty to 18,298 prisoners ahead of the country’s National Day, according to a decision by Vietnamese president on Friday. (Xinhua)
- Germany: German authorities cancelled Friday a party to welcome refugees in the town of Heidenau, saying the public’s safety could not be guaranteed due to a shortage of police. (AFP)
- Greece: Top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou, has been appointed the country’s first female prime minister ahead of early elections next month. (BBC)
- Turkey: The country’s ruling AK Party is not seen winning enough votes to form a single-party government in a 01NOV snap election with only 38.9 percent support. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: The Pro-Russian separatists have violated the cease-fire in the country’s east 109 times in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military command claimed on Friday. (EFE)
- Iraq: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered military commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone while improving access to streets across the country closed off by political and security factions. (Reuters)
- Iraq: An explosion ripped through the parking lot of a Baghdad police station when a police bomb squad tried to defuse a car bomb, killing six and wounding 10. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: The country has announced four more deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the number of deaths in the past week to 17. (BBC)
- Syria: The country’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups advanced on Friday towards a military airport that is the last remaining government-held facility in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: With new “video matching technology,” Facebook will let content owners report video clips that belongs to them, and take it down if it’s not supposed to be there. (Re/Code)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03C (Kilo)
- Location: 63 NM NE of Johnston Island
- Movement: WSW at 2 mph
- Winds: 30 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12E (Ignacio)
- Location: 882 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Movement: WNW at 5 mph
- Wind: 41 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 13E
- Location: 2108 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Movement: W at 11 mph
- Wind: 30 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erika
- Location: 85 miles SSW of St. Croix
- Movement: W at 17 mph
- Wind: 45 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- § Suspected Cases as of 21AUG: 514,534 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- § Confirmed Cases: 17,118
- § Deaths as of 21AUG: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- § Cases as of 27AUG: 1474 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- § Deaths as of 27AUG: 515 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29AUG)
- Global: International Day against Nuclear Tests – 2009
- Egypt: Verdict to be announced in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists
- United States: 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana – 2005
- Hinduism: Raksha Bandhan